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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
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Abstract

URBAN, Boris. Entrepreneurial cognitions: Linking willingness and ability expert scripts to self-efficacy and new venture creation decisions. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.34, n.3, pp.22-28. ISSN 2071-0763.

In bringing the concept of expert scripts to bear upon the venture creation decision and following a script-scenario construction model the existence and degree of mastery of scripts are inferred from a selection of items consisting of paired script recognition and distracter cues. These cognition cues are then linked to motivation, operationalised with the general self-efficacy construct. Individuals with varying demographics who met qualifying criteria from an unrestricted range of businesses and industries (n = 161) were surveyed. Moderate support was found to consistently recognise and select statements that evidence expert entrepreneurial scripts. Associations with self-efficacy were modest, suggesting weak links between entrepreneurial cognition and motivation.

Keywords : entrepreneurial mindset; motivations; intentions; cultural; individual.

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